If you're a busy parent looking for quick and delicious meal ideas the whole family will love, you've come to the right place! Here we've gathered 26 easy chicken recipes that are all perfect for busy weeknights - or any night! From comforting casseroles to flavorful stir-fries and sheet pan dinners, these recipes are designed to save you time in the kitchen while still delivering satisfying and wholesome meals for your loved ones.
Marry Me Chicken Pasta
Make this flavor packed Marry Me Chicken Pasta in just 20 minutes - and don't be surprised if everyone asks for seconds (or your hand in marriage!). It's a super creamy sauce with a delicious flavor combo of crème fraîche, sun-dried tomatoes, basil, paprika & oregano. All achieved with pantry staple dried herbs & minimal prep.
Get the recipe: Marry Me Chicken Pasta
Sheet Pan Chicken Thighs & Sweet Potatoes
You will love this comforting, easy, filling and over the top delicious Sheet Pan Baked Chicken Thighs and Sweet Potato recipe. It is extremely easy to make with pantry staples and cooks in just 30 mins. This gluten-free spiced One Pan Chicken recipe can be doubled or tripled to feed a crowd. Get the recipe.
Make the best Lemon Chicken Marinade in just a few minutes with simple, healthy, ingredients. It's great for grilling, pan frying and oven baking. With olive oil, lemon & basil the chicken comes out so juicy, tender and loaded with flavor. Get the recipe: Lemon Chicken Marinade
Air Fryer Chicken Fajitas
Air fryer fajitas is the easiest, and most delicious, way to have your favorite Mexican dish! Get the recipe from Sustainable Cooks.
Chicken Teriyaki Stir-fry
Make the best Chicken Teriyaki Stir Fry in just 25 minutes - chopping included! Loaded with chicken, broccoli, bell peppers and carrots this is a delicious, filling, low carb meal on its own - or add noodles or rice to serve more people. Use homemade or store bought Teriyaki sauce - and you can even use frozen veggies! Get the recipe: Chicken Teriyaki Stir Fry.
Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Pasta
A creamy crème fraîche pasta loaded with flavor from sun-dried tomatoes & dried herbs. Get the recipe from always use butter: Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Chicken Pasta
Air Fryer Chicken Patties
Make the best & juiciest Chicken Patties in Air Fryer with a quick prep, a few easy steps, and 10 minutes of air frying. No chopping required thanks to powdered seasonings - and extra juicy with fresh lemon juice. Get the recipe: Chicken Patties in Air Fryer
Chicken & Feta Cheese Pasta
A creamy pasta with lots of flavor: Feta cheese, fresh basil and cherry tomatoes ensure this dish will be on repeat in your house! Get the recipe from always use butter: Creamy Chicken Pasta with Feta Cheese
Sheet Pan Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken
This Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken is an easy sheet pan chicken dinner that comes together in minimal time with minimal effort. Get the recipe.
Baked Chicken Drumsticks & Veggies
This sheet pan dinner is great for quick and easy weeknight meals! Hands-off with just a bit of chopping to start, and comes out tasting amazing with chicken, veggies and lots of sauce all in one pan. Get the recipe from always use butter: Baked Chicken Drumsticks with Veggies
Air Fryer Orange Chicken
Another takeout favorite you can make at home - with the juiciest, tastiest orange sauce. Get the recipe from always use butter: Air Fryer Orange Chicken
Chicken Thigh Tray Bake
This chicken thigh tray bake recipe is fuss-free and perfect for a speedy weeknight family dinner and ready in under 45 minutes. Simply roast chicken thighs, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and carrots in a flavorful marinade. Get the recipe.
Chicken Broccoli Pasta Bake
Lots of chicken and broccoli for a super filling dinner that will be sure to leave you leftovers. Get the recipe from always use butter.
Baked Chicken & Potatoes
This easy-baked chicken and potatoes one-pan meal results in tender juicy chicken coated in a zesty lemon garlic butter sauce, crispy golden potatoes, and delicious, slightly charred, broccoli. It’s a simple, wholesome, weeknight dinner that takes minimal effort and very little mess. But really, it just tastes amazing! Get the recipe.
Spanish Chicken Stew
Make a quick chicken stew with the help of rotisserie chicken - packed full with lemon & rosemary flavors! Get the recipe from always use butter: Easy Spanish Chicken Stew
Ranch Chicken & Potato Casserole
This Ranch Chicken and Potato Casserole with broccoli, bacon, and cheese is comfort food at it's finest. Super simple and made in just one pan, this delicious, easy dinner recipe is perfect for a quick weeknight meal. Get the recipe.
This easy 5-ingredient Caprese Chicken is everything you want in a one-pan meal. It’s wholesome, hearty, and a total comfort food. Your whole family will love this and it will be your instant favorite for when you want an easy yet delicious dinner. The best part is that it only needs five ingredients so prep time is a breeze! You can even make it in one pan and is also gluten-free. Read the 5-Ingredient Caprese Chicken recipe here.
Ranch Sheet Pan Chicken & Veggies
This fuss-free sheet pan chicken dinner with veggies is perfect for busy families who still want to eat a healthy, hot meal for dinner. Toss, bake and serve. It really is that easy! Get the recipe.
Air Fryer Chicken Drumsticks
The best Air Fryer Chicken Drumsticks are done in just 20 minutes after marinating in olive oil, lime juice and spices. They come out tender and perfectly cooked, with a slightly crispy exterior. You'll never make drumsticks any other way again! Get the recipe: Air Fryer Chicken Drumsticks
Spinach Artichoke Chicken Casserole
This creamy spinach artichoke chicken casserole is made with rotisserie chicken and frozen veggies, making prep a breeze! You can make this entire chicken casserole in under 1 hour. Get the recipe.
Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Tenders
Minimal prep needed to make the best Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Tenders. After marinating for 15 minutes in lime juice, olive oil & spices they just need 10 minutes in the air fryer *. Juicy, tender & packed full of flavor! Get the recipe: Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Tenders
Chicken Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta Bake
Cheesy chicken and pasta loaded with sun-dried tomatoes and spinach for a filling comfort food meal that's super easy to make. Get the recipe from always use butter.
Sheet Pan Chicken Thighs with Cabbage & Brussels Sprouts
Sheet Pan Chicken Thighs are bursting with flavor and loaded with veggies for a flavorful, low-carb dinner that the whole family will enjoy. Get the recipe.
Chicken Mushroom Stroganoff
Photo credit: Lavender & Macarons
This Chicken Mushroom Stroganoff is a creamy, savory, luxurious dinner inspired by delicious Eastern European cuisine and it's ready to eat in just half an hour! You simply can't beat this easy stroganoff recipe for a one-skillet, thirty-minute dinner when you're ready for a satisfying, comforting meal that doesn't involve slaving in the kitchen all afternoon. Get the recipe.
Easy 5-Ingredient Chicken Drumstick
Bored of the same old drumstick recipe? Not this one! This easy 5-ingredient Chicken Drumstick recipe is a crowd-pleaser. The crispy skin holds the moisture in, giving way to the tender meat inside. Every bite is juicy and flavorful, just as it’s supposed to be. The marinade for this recipe is made with tamari, olive oil, red wine vinegar, and garlic. And best part is that it’s gluten-free! Read the 5-Ingredient Chicken Drumstick recipe here.
Chicken & Shrimp Fajitas
This sheet pan chicken and shrimp fajitas recipe is the simplest, most delicious one pan dinner around. With tender chicken and juicy shrimp in a delicious homemade fajita seasoning, this easy dinner will have a permanent place on your meal plan. It is definitely one of our favorite family meals for the busy weeknights. Get the recipe.